The University of Washington deployed a new oceanographic observing buoy featuring Soundnine Inc.’s DANTE System on February 11, 2016 in Bellingham Bay (Puget Sound). The buoy was assembled and deployed by UW Applied Physics Laboratory in collaboration with The Center for Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction, Western Washington University and Northwest Indian College in Bellingham.


The DANTE controller collects data from a suite of meteorological and oceanographic instruments. Two sensors are 60 feet underwater and use S9’s Ulti-modem inductive modem to communicate with the controller on the surface. The system forwards data by cellular modem to DANTE server (in the cloud), which delivers data in standardized format to NANOOS, a member of U.S. IOOS.